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cockle “hat,” HAMLET, iv. 5. 25. The cockle-shell worn usually in the front of the hat was the badge of a pilgrim; “for the chief places of devotion being beyond sea, or on the coasts, the pilgrims were accustomed to put cockle-shells upon their hats, to denote the intention or performance of their devotion” (WARBURTON) .

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